Int Winter Mountaineering FT

Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course

Int Winter Mountaineering FT - Source Lake

Intermediate Winter Mountaineering Field Trip. AIARE Level 1 Certification REQUIRED.

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  • Sat, Mar 12, 2016
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Intermediate
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

Meet in the upper Alpental Parking Lot (end of road) at 7:30 a.m. Additional details will be sent out prior to the FT. 

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Winter Mountaineering Field Trip is to build on students' understanding of winter travel techniques and the ability to anticipate and observe the terrain while identifying potential hazards. While this FT is called "Winter Mountaineering," the skills practiced are necessary for WA alpine climbing throughout much of the year. 

Skills covered to include:

  • Avalanche Skills including weather and avalanche forecast assessment, route-finding in avalanche terrain, avalanche accident response and search techniques

  • Review of snow and glacier travel skills (including glissading, self-belay and self-arrest), and how to teach these skills.

  • Snow anchor construction and evaluation including pickets, bollards, and deadman.

  • Belaying on snow (running and fixed belays)

  • Travel in mixed terrain (rock & snow) with crampons and ice ax

  • Building snow shelters (emergency and planned)


Source Lake

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment


 Avalanche beacon (457 kHz). If you don’t already own a beacon, make arrangements early to rent, borrow or buy one.

 A metal avalanche shovel

 Avalanche probe 

 Crampons

 All of the gear listed in the Basic Equipment Matrix for a glacier climb: ice ax, harness, helmet, runners, carabiners, device, prusiks, etc.

 Snowshoes 

 One picket per student

 Clothing suitable for a winter climb

 10 Essentials

 Overnight gear (we won't be spending the night out; however, everyone will be encouraged to take a nap in their snow caves : )

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